BajaNomad
Not logged in [Login - Register]
Go To Bottom

Printable Version  
 Pages:  1  
Author: Subject: Preview to TRIP #6, to the end of Baja!
David K
Honored Nomad
*********


Avatar


Posts: 50966
Registered: 8-30-2002
Location: San Diego County
Member Is Offline

Mood: Have Baja Fever

[*] posted on 8-8-2017 at 08:59 PM
Preview to TRIP #6, to the end of Baja!


As I write this, gecko lizards are chirpping overhead. Perhaps they are laughing at me laying here pushing tiny key images on my cell phone?

This trip, #6 in 2017, is another to gather road and location details as well as map points for a future road guide and map we hope to produce. The previous 5 trips are shared here in the Trip Reports forum. They contain lots of details, photos, and some personal experiences.

This trip began over a week ago and will be the longest of them, given that it took me to the end of Baja and furthest from home.

On Trip #2, I went to Loreto and west to the mission villages of San Javier, Comondú (both), and La Purísima.

This trip, the research began on the road south from San Ignacio along the Pacific, new stuff for me. I then popped up to La Purísima and Comondú to complete the mapping through those two places.

I went to Lopez Mateos, Puerto San Carlos, then east to Mission San Luis Gonzaga.

I met Canadian Fat Tire bicycle riders Mike and Rebecca, riding on dirt roads as much as possible, down from San Diego!

I found the second Dolores mission site of La Pasión, hidden under a goat ranch and hiked to a 1,000 ft. high cliff to see Mission Dolores, far below.

The road from there to La Soledad and down to San Evaristo was dramatic as were the canyons... such a rugged landscape!

The past few nights, I have been a guest of Harald, 4x4abc, and enjoyed talking and going to dinner when I return from my day trips.

Monday, I did the Todos Santos-Los Cabos-El Triunfo loop. Today, I did the,Tecolote-El Sargento-Ensenada de los Muertos-San Antonio loop.

I can only do so much in a day and the guide is not a tell-all in any way. There is just TOO much Baja... and so little time. I just want to give a taste of some of what's out there and hope you will enjoy exploring and discovering new places.

I bought a bag of pitayas today in El Triunfo for Harald and I to enjoy for breakfast.

It's a tough job, but happy I can do it!

I still have several days of driving and exploring to do to fill in the guide back to Ligüí, near Loreto... and get back home to my wife, Baja Angel (Elizabeth)!

I hope my photos come out looking as super as these places were, in person.

Oh, the weather has been great! Mostly about 92° at noon and moderate humidity. Got some rain today between San Antonio and El Triunfo, great tropical weather.

Well this one gecko is still chirping at me, I guess to sign off and get some rest?

Goodnight from La Paz!







"So Much Baja, So Little Time..."

A NEW Baja Missions History book in 2016: http://oldmissions.com

My (over 40) Baja Bound Travel Adventure articles: https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/

My Baja web site, to help you plan your adventure: http://VivaBaja.com

View user's profile Visit user's homepage
Frank
Senior Nomad
***


Avatar


Posts: 853
Registered: 6-5-2005
Location: San Diego
Member Is Offline

Mood: Is it time to leave yet?

[*] posted on 8-8-2017 at 09:18 PM


Hey David, we couldn't find the Bat Cave on our trip this year. The arroyo looked so different, maybe it caved in?
View user's profile
David K
Honored Nomad
*********


Avatar


Posts: 50966
Registered: 8-30-2002
Location: San Diego County
Member Is Offline

Mood: Have Baja Fever

[*] posted on 8-8-2017 at 09:31 PM


I took a photo of it yesterday... it is still there.
You drive up the arroyo (west then south) from the big bridge at the La Ribera highway. Maybe a mile and its on the left (east) side of the arroyo.




"So Much Baja, So Little Time..."

A NEW Baja Missions History book in 2016: http://oldmissions.com

My (over 40) Baja Bound Travel Adventure articles: https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/

My Baja web site, to help you plan your adventure: http://VivaBaja.com

View user's profile Visit user's homepage
chuckie
Elite Nomad
******




Posts: 5148
Registered: 2-20-2012
Location: Kansas Prairies
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 8-8-2017 at 09:56 PM


Sounds as if you are getting it done, and enjoying the experience! Be safe..



DUMP TRUMP
View user's profile
David K
Honored Nomad
*********


Avatar


Posts: 50966
Registered: 8-30-2002
Location: San Diego County
Member Is Offline

Mood: Have Baja Fever

[*] posted on 8-9-2017 at 07:32 AM


Thank you, very kind!



"So Much Baja, So Little Time..."

A NEW Baja Missions History book in 2016: http://oldmissions.com

My (over 40) Baja Bound Travel Adventure articles: https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/

My Baja web site, to help you plan your adventure: http://VivaBaja.com

View user's profile Visit user's homepage
Russ
Select Nomad
*******




Posts: 6480
Registered: 7-4-2004
Location: Punta Chivato
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 8-9-2017 at 07:51 AM


Looking forward to your photos too



Bahia Concepcion where life starts...given a chance!
View user's profile
Barry A.
Select Nomad
*******




Posts: 9745
Registered: 11-30-2003
Location: Redding, Northern CA
Member Is Offline

Mood: optimistic

[*] posted on 8-9-2017 at 08:28 AM


Well done, David. I too am looking forward to your photos. Stay safe, my friend.
View user's profile
David K
Honored Nomad
*********


Avatar


Posts: 50966
Registered: 8-30-2002
Location: San Diego County
Member Is Offline

Mood: Have Baja Fever

[*] posted on 8-9-2017 at 04:59 PM


Thank you!

Today, not a long day drive, but 20 dirt miles and some slow and rough driving ... It was easy to Punta Conejo and then half of the coast road drive was rough, south to 'bajalinda' & 'rob's Playas Pacificas at Rancho La Aguja. www.playaspacificas.com

Wow is this coast beautiful!

Sunny, clear sky, ocean breeze, sound of pounding waves, 85° earlier, when I arrived.

[Edited on 8-10-2017 by David K]

[Edited on 8-10-2017 by David K]




"So Much Baja, So Little Time..."

A NEW Baja Missions History book in 2016: http://oldmissions.com

My (over 40) Baja Bound Travel Adventure articles: https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/

My Baja web site, to help you plan your adventure: http://VivaBaja.com

View user's profile Visit user's homepage
chuckie
Elite Nomad
******




Posts: 5148
Registered: 2-20-2012
Location: Kansas Prairies
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 8-9-2017 at 04:59 PM


RE Bats: I and Buddha were on Ted Turners Armenderiz ranch last year and went to a Lava Tube, into which close to a Million bats migrate and have babies...every year...I'd like to go back when they are there, but then I would have to drink Buddha's Martinis , enjoy Greek food and have fun...fugdat
View user's profile
David K
Honored Nomad
*********


Avatar


Posts: 50966
Registered: 8-30-2002
Location: San Diego County
Member Is Offline

Mood: Have Baja Fever

[*] posted on 8-9-2017 at 05:04 PM


In my July 2012 trip report are photos from me and BajaTripper of the bats at the Santiago cave. Very cool animals!



"So Much Baja, So Little Time..."

A NEW Baja Missions History book in 2016: http://oldmissions.com

My (over 40) Baja Bound Travel Adventure articles: https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/

My Baja web site, to help you plan your adventure: http://VivaBaja.com

View user's profile Visit user's homepage
chuckie
Elite Nomad
******




Posts: 5148
Registered: 2-20-2012
Location: Kansas Prairies
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 8-9-2017 at 05:16 PM


Are they animals? Most of them looked like my 2nd wife...OH Oh. jajaja she was an animal..
View user's profile
David K
Honored Nomad
*********


Avatar


Posts: 50966
Registered: 8-30-2002
Location: San Diego County
Member Is Offline

Mood: Have Baja Fever

[*] posted on 8-9-2017 at 09:37 PM


I don't care who you are, that's funny.

I cannot describe in words the sensation right now. Total darkness until the nearly full moon rose behind me and the sounds of the crashing surf out in the starlit darkness in front...

Wifi cutting out, so I will fill in the rest of this later.

Thank you rob and bajalinda of Playas Pacificas at Rancho La Aguja! www.playaspacificas.com



[Edited on 8-10-2017 by David K]




"So Much Baja, So Little Time..."

A NEW Baja Missions History book in 2016: http://oldmissions.com

My (over 40) Baja Bound Travel Adventure articles: https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/

My Baja web site, to help you plan your adventure: http://VivaBaja.com

View user's profile Visit user's homepage
David K
Honored Nomad
*********


Avatar


Posts: 50966
Registered: 8-30-2002
Location: San Diego County
Member Is Offline

Mood: Have Baja Fever

[*] posted on 8-10-2017 at 10:16 AM


Good morning (is it Thursday?) gang.
Well, the night passed without incident. Only the waves to provide serine sleep until well after sunrise.

This morning Rob gave me a tour of Playas Pacificas and the project plans. We then drove south to Punta Marquez and out to Conquista where the paved road from Hwy 1 ends. We then circled back to La Aguja.

Looks like Rob and Linda's hospitality may keep me here one more night?

I will say that having traveled so many miles and making so many notes, a less involved day, now and then, is okay with me!

So, hasta pronto mis amigos.






"So Much Baja, So Little Time..."

A NEW Baja Missions History book in 2016: http://oldmissions.com

My (over 40) Baja Bound Travel Adventure articles: https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/

My Baja web site, to help you plan your adventure: http://VivaBaja.com

View user's profile Visit user's homepage
AKgringo
Ultra Nomad
*****




Posts: 2012
Registered: 9-20-2014
Location: Los Anchorage, AK
Member Is Offline

Mood: Retireded

[*] posted on 8-10-2017 at 12:21 PM


That is a fun area to explore, I did a few day trips around there from La Paz and an occasional overnighter.

If you start checking out the back roads south of where you are, you will find that the 'most used' roads frequently dead end at the busiest ranch. The 'main road', frequently looks like a trail.

My GPS sorted out a couple of the wrong turns, but was not consistent. At one point it showed me trolling parallel to the beach about a quarter mile off shore!




If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space!
View user's profile
shari
Platinum Nomad
********


Avatar


Posts: 12184
Registered: 3-10-2006
Location: bahia asuncion, baja sur
Member Is Offline

Mood: there is no reality except the one contained within us "Herman Hesse"

[*] posted on 8-10-2017 at 02:47 PM


give Rob & Linda a big hug from me....been a long time since we had a beer together! Look forward to seeing the photos.



View user's profile Visit user's homepage
David K
Honored Nomad
*********


Avatar


Posts: 50966
Registered: 8-30-2002
Location: San Diego County
Member Is Offline

Mood: Have Baja Fever

[*] posted on 8-10-2017 at 03:56 PM


Will do. Rob told me how he met you. I recall that story from the past. Nice to have someone in Guerrero Negro who speaks Canadian, eh?



"So Much Baja, So Little Time..."

A NEW Baja Missions History book in 2016: http://oldmissions.com

My (over 40) Baja Bound Travel Adventure articles: https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/

My Baja web site, to help you plan your adventure: http://VivaBaja.com

View user's profile Visit user's homepage
David K
Honored Nomad
*********


Avatar


Posts: 50966
Registered: 8-30-2002
Location: San Diego County
Member Is Offline

Mood: Have Baja Fever

[*] posted on 8-10-2017 at 10:04 PM


Holding back my Baja excitement is not something I do well.
If I tell all now, in this preview, will it spoil the actual trip report, several days away?
Naw, I think you guys can take the tease!

Thursday, Playas Pacificas at Rancho La Aguja:
Nomads 'bajalinda' and 'rob' have the hospitalty of a small town' Welcome Wagon! Leaving today was just not going to be an option!
Following a most tastey breakfast and coffee, Rob guided me as a co-driver does across this vast property, and beyond.
We saw some of the homes already built on the large, ocean view lots and the rock-outlined other lots in Phase 1 of the exciting development.
Next, we flew down the Baja 1000 and Cabo 500 race course (in my Tacoma) to Punta Marquez and the lighthouse there. We then circled around through the two agricultural villages and back to Rancho Aguja.

I took the afternoon to do some swimming and body surfing. Let me tell you, I was stunned at how clean and clear the Pacific Ocean is here. If not for the waves, you would think you were in the Sea of Cortez or Caribbean! I watched fish swimming near me betwee breakers and gazed ar the sandy bottom. There are millions of small clams that get exposed with each wave and burry themseves out of sight before the next wave. Just like sand crabs do in more northern beaches.

Rob and I did some property maintenance (well, I just supervised, not having a work visa!). Fun to see such a large project in its early stages! Mangos grow very well here, too. Along with bananas, guavas, tamarind, neem trees, and more, the climate is ideal. A grape vineyard is included in the project goals down the road.

A gourmet dinner with sweet as honey cantelope desset was Linda's creatin we all devoured happily.

Tomorrow, I must pry myself away from such amigo kindness and continue mapping Baja Sur, as I head north.

Thank you Playas Pacificas Linda and Rob for your warm hospitality. I hope to return and build a beach home for my Baja Angel and I to retire in, here.


[Edited on 8-11-2017 by David K]




"So Much Baja, So Little Time..."

A NEW Baja Missions History book in 2016: http://oldmissions.com

My (over 40) Baja Bound Travel Adventure articles: https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/

My Baja web site, to help you plan your adventure: http://VivaBaja.com

View user's profile Visit user's homepage
shari
Platinum Nomad
********


Avatar


Posts: 12184
Registered: 3-10-2006
Location: bahia asuncion, baja sur
Member Is Offline

Mood: there is no reality except the one contained within us "Herman Hesse"

[*] posted on 8-11-2017 at 06:56 AM


I am so envious of you getting to visit all those magical places..albeit at warp speed. I sure hope to find the time this winter to get down and visit Rancho Aguja! and my beloved San Miguel de Comondu...sigh



View user's profile Visit user's homepage
TMW
Select Nomad
*******




Posts: 8700
Registered: 9-1-2003
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 8-11-2017 at 04:57 PM


DK you may have out done yourself on this trip. I can hardly wait for the trip report and pictures. Sounds like one heck of a trip.
View user's profile
bajalinda
Nomad
**




Posts: 469
Registered: 6-7-2008
Location: Pacific Coast, BCS
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 8-12-2017 at 06:18 AM


Quote: Originally posted by shari  
give Rob & Linda a big hug from me....been a long time since we had a beer together! Look forward to seeing the photos.


Hi there Shari......right back at ya! Yes, you're right, it's been a long time. I see from David's photos that your place has really changed from when we were last there how many years ago??? (I think back then that Juan had just started working on the stone wall!) Congrats - it looks great!


[Edited on 8-12-2017 by bajalinda]




View user's profile
 Pages:  1  

  Go To Top


For high speed satellite internet in Baja call +1.6197170810 - or click here to email sistemassatelitales@hotmail.com



Tijuana Walking Tours - on Meetup.com


 






All Content Copyright 1997- Q87 International; All Rights Reserved.
Powered by XMB; XMB Forum Software © 2001-2014 The XMB Group






"If it were lush and rich, one could understand the pull, but it is fierce and hostile and sullen. The stone mountains pile up to the sky and there is little fresh water. But we know we must go back if we live, and we don't know why." - Steinbeck, Log from the Sea of Cortez

"People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." - Ivan R. Misner, Ph.D

"You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who they think can do nothing for them or to them." - Malcolm Forbes

"Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you." - Jim Rohn







Thank you to Baja Bound Mexico Insurance Services for your long-term support of the BajaNomad.com Forums site.







Emergency Baja Contacts Include:

Desert Hawks; El Rosario-based ambulance transport; Emergency #: (616) 103-0262